When it comes to plastic surgery, comparison shopping can get a bit tricky because you may not be comparing apples to apples. If you’re looking online for pricing, it’s not always clear what the cost includes. And it’s important to remember that the price of plastic surgery in Albany is going to typically be different than it is for the same procedure performed in Manhattan.
Online research can provide a general range of prices for specific procedures, but a personal consultation is needed to determine precise costs associated with any procedure, based on the patient’s body type and her or his aesthetic goals.
The most important questions to ask regarding price during the consultation include:
What does the price include?
This is sometimes called the “out-the-door” cost. It’s usually the actual price of the procedure plus all the associated fees and related costs. These can include additional office visits, the surgeon’s fee, facility and anesthesia fees, and, in certain cases, the price of implants. You should get a detailed list of all costs and fees as part of your quoted price.
What payment options are offered?
Most plastic surgery procedures are considered elective cosmetic surgeries and are not covered by health insurance plans. Many of our patients choose to finance the costs — spreading payments out over several months — so that the surgery fits their budgets. At our practice, financing is available to qualified applicants through CareCredit® and may include the costs of the procedure, anesthesia, and the facility where your surgery is performed.
There are additional costs that patients often overlook when they’re penciling out a budget for plastic surgery. For example, will you need to take unpaid days off from work during your recovery? These costs may also include child care or travel expenses for getting to the practice and returning home.
During the consultation, our surgeons may explain how combining procedures in a single operation can be cost-effective. For example, a mommy makeover patient can have breast augmentation, liposuction, and a tummy tuck performed at our Albany practice and save the expense of additional facility and anesthesia fees that are charged when the procedures are performed separately.
While we all have individual budgets, and the cost of plastic surgery is something patients have to consider, it should never be the primary reason for choosing a plastic surgery practice. A plastic surgeon’s experience, training, the before-and-after photos of actual patients, and whether you feel comfortable discussing your cosmetic concerns with the surgeon are more important when it comes to selecting someone to perform your plastic surgery.